The Environment Protection Department of Government of Balochistan plays an important role in improving the plight of common man and bringing about a perceptible change within the society by minimizing and eliminating adverse environmental effects of effluents being discharged from industrial activity, wastes of all kinds and pollution detrimental to public health, safety and welfare. The Department enforces qualitative and quantitative standards for discharge of effluents, waste, air pollutants or noise either for the general applicability or for a particular area or from a particular source in the form of National Environmental Quality Standards (NEQS) and other standards established under the Pakistan Environmental Protection Act, 1997 and any rules and regulations framed there under.
The department functions under the provisions of Pakistan Environmental Protection Act, 1997.
Chief Minister's Message
Development is meaningless if it comes at the expense of destroying the habitat of the people for whose facilitation every development is planned. Environmental protection is globally an integral part of every development plan or policy but it is an unfortunate reality that with us the concept of development only ends with brick and mortar structures. Sustainable Development and not just development is the motto of our government which we are striving for.
Environment and Climate Change Department is mandated with the grand responsibility of protecting the environment. This protection comes in roles, modes and shapes of regulating the environmental laws and guiding the government policy to be environment sensitive and augment for sustainable development.
The series of policy rearrangements are already in the process to improve and enable the EPA in tackling the multitude of challenges in the near and distant future. The initiative of launching the website is a welcoming step which must not be let become an idle portal of ceremonial uploads. It has to behave like an interactive guide filtering significant data, statistics and producing information of rhyme and reason to enable the government in making well thought decisions. It must and I hope it will be the kind of speaking oracle to guide the entire embodiment of the public sector policy apparatus.
There is still a lot to be done towards environmental protection as sadly environment has never been a priority for any elected governments ever. We are fully cognizant of its significance and we are translating its sensitivity in our policy lines.
The portfolio of Environment is one of the most critical portfolios given its crucial relation with human life. environment is our joint concern and we have to strive towards working for its preservation and protection. the environmental laws implementation is the major challenge which we face and the knowledge ad education about environmental laws is also at the lowest ebb. the sensitivity call of the nature is already given red alert but we are not paying it any reasonable heed. the department of environment has many challenges ahead of its course and has always remained neglected in terms of granting any resources to it and putting it on track towards achieving better institutional results. we are inspired under the leadership of Jam Kamal Khan Chief Minister Balochistan and we will cause the change which we want to see around. environment stands at the top priority list of our government and we will take it to next level.
Keeping pace with change is not a selection from many available choices rather it is the only selection available of a singular choice which is to change. Change management requires the readiness to harness advantageous ends to ones account and an otherwise situation would ultimately mean otherwise.
Environment and climate change are not the incidents that are to happen but the twins are the change that has already happened. We need to have been prepared for managing this change long ago but with lack of visionary planning and development, we did miss the opportunity. However, we are still in the race and all we need to do is to be well equipped, well informed, well planned and well calculated towards further managing the effects of climate change to keep our progression healthy and bright.
Environment and Climate Change Department is one of the most sensitive departments which has an interrelated effect and connection with every bit of policy, action plan, legislation and development activity be it in the public or private sector. The accumulation of data, statistics filtered out of recognized processes and procedures to have the elements of acceptability being authentic are the sine qua non factor which the Department of Environment and the EPA have to gather up. This will enable the department in making informed, sound and well thought out decisions rather than applying the thumb rule and making decisions with no sequential array.
This is hoped that Environment Department while patronizing EPA would generate scientific statistics to guide the overall public and private sector policy mechanism towards sustainable development in complete protection of environment and the specie that we are.
Director General's Message
Environmental Protection Agency exercises its mandate under the Balochistan Envrionmental Protection Act 2012. While exercising this mandate, it has the crucial responsibility of ensuring environmental protection. So far since its inception as an Agency and until now, its performance has not been so satisfactory as it should have been when measured against the indicators and factors mentioned in the aforementioned Act.
This confession further other than making the picture disappointing makes it even more hopeful. The EPA is taking certain legal, procedural, policy measures which are aimed at affecting the mainframe of policy making. The inclusion of civil society, the recognition of role of academia and the freelance professionals’ alongwith an outreach strategy toward public mass awareness and sensitization are the few on the list of immediate doings.
In the regulatory role, the EPA is strictly ensuring the application of law on the ground and this has picked up momentum under spirited political leadership and equally inspiring leadership of Secretary Environment Mr. Abdul Saboor Kakar.
While all these are done and as initial observation revealed, the lack of data is one of the staggering features which has blinded the entire public sector in making wise, good and correct decisions. The system of governance does not provide for a system which ensures decision making. Where certain persons than systems make decisions, the output is never predictable and therefore never manageable.
This web portal is not a ceremonial celebration of yet another website. As time would prove, it would become one of the massively crowded and busy forum of guiding the policy towards integrating environmental protection in every action and policy.
Our Focused Environmental Issues
Our aim is to serve as main environment regulatory body for Balochistan Province, responsible for implementing National and Provincial Laws, and improving the protection of the Environmental and Natural Resources of Balochistan, developing policies for improvement and sustainable use of nature
Air pollution is a mixture of solid particles and gases in the air. Car emissions, chemicals from factories, dust, pollen and mold spores may be suspended as particles.
Soil contamination or soil pollution as part of land degradation is caused by the presence of xenobiotics chemicals or other alteration in the natural soil environment.
Water pollution is the contamination of water bodies, usually as a result of human activities. Water bodies include for example lakes, rivers, oceans, aquifers and groundwater.
Noise pollution, also known as environmental noise or sound pollution, is the propagation of noise with ranging impacts on the activity of human or animal life
We have a strong commitment with our partners who have been in support and collaboration through out our interventions and activities for the Protection of the Environment.